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To be with you for the Great Vespers on the Feast of your Heavenly Patron, the Holy Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer Demetrios, is truly a great spiritual joy. Tonight, we honor the mighty captain of men who became an Angelic General through his bravery in spiritual combat that tested his heart, his mind, his faith, and his very flesh. Let us remember that in Thessaloniki – the city he ruled, and the city in which he was martyred – there was even a Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάδα for the Saint.